The past, the present, the future are really all one. Our existence is defined by the boundaries - of Deja' Vu
In the conclusion of Compton’s Independence Day collage, we hear snippets of “Give Peace A Chance” (Leon Russell), “Never Kill Another Man” (Steve Miller Band), “Peace Brother Peace” (Bill Medley), “America” (Simon and Garfunkel), and “The National Anthem” (Peter Sarstead). “America, as seen through the eyes of KCAC and myself,” Bill says, before spinning two more tracks from the Steve Miller Band, “I Love You” and “Seasons.” All in all, a hopeful message, delivered in turbulant times – something we could use again today.
If you only download one part of this broadcast, this is the one to hear. In part 3 of Bill Compton's Fourth of July program from 1970, Bill boldly breaks the tone of the times by calling for compassion from both sides of the generation gap. He then spends eight minutes of air time reading the entire Declaration of Independence, and launches into one of his patented music collages, featuring parts of: "I Saw America" (Stone the Crows); "Mother Country" (John Stewart); "The Story of Issac" (Leonard Cohen); "The Great Mandela" (Theodore Bickell); "Monster" (Steppenwolf); "Freedom" (Michael Collins); Compton reading a quotation by Henry Ward Beecher; “Let’s Get Together” (Youngbloods); “Aquarious (Let The Sunshine In)” (Fifth Dimension). The last nine minutes of the collage, followed by Bill's closing commentary, will be here tomorrow. You won't want to miss that.
In part 2 of the KCAC podcast, Bill drops a Kahlil Gibran poetry reading into the middle of a long Gordon Lightfoot collage (remember when Gordon Lightfoot was cool?) and introduces us to an "unbelievably good" new album called "The Who Live at Leeds." Plus, more of those great old commercials (four-track stereo tape sale at Mad Man Muntz!). Legal eagles: I've been perusing the copyright laws to see if it's OK to post old radio broadcasts in this manner, and I'm assuming since the licensing was already paid once for the original broadcast, and this falls under archival/research purposes, and the relatively low quality of the recording doesn't take away from the "value" of the original records, I think this falls under the "fair use" doctrine. But let me know if I need to trim the music out (I'd rather not: listening to the full, unedited broadcasts really takes you back!).
Check out part 1 of a Bill Compton broadcast on KCAC from July 4, 1970. (Right-click to download, or simply click to play in browser.) Thanks to Tom Wright of Tempe for archiving the original reel-to-reel recording on CD. And keep coming back for more, in sequence, from this original broadcast!